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Silverstone WSBK: Sykes: I wasn’t prepared to gamble

Tom Sykes loses ground in the fight for the 2013 World Superbike Championship after choosing to favour caution in tricky conditions at Silverstone.
Tom Sykes says the disappointing results from his home round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone were as a result of him being unwilling to risk another DNF in difficult conditions.

The Kawasaki rider, who started in fifth position, was in contention for the lead during the early stages of both races but would slip back on each occasion when drizzle at different points of the circuit threw a curve ball.

Admitting to allowing his championship challenge to enter his mind, a cautious Sykes would come away with 11th and seventh place finishes, behind main rival Sylvain Guintoli on both occasions. As such, Sykes has slipped from four to 13 points behind the Aprilia rider.

“Race two was similar to race one and today in these weather conditions it was always going to be a difficult one,” he said. “I was not prepared to put too much on the line in these kinds of conditions - slick tyres, rain falling - and that is just the way it is. I was not prepared to gamble too much and we saw how easy it was for people to crash, so taking some points is better than taking none.

“I do not like thinking about the championship but I was maybe forced to think a little bit about it in race two. We have not given away too much to the championship leader. We struggled a little bit in the beginning of race two as the rear tyre did not feel as strong as in race one but I know the Ninja ZX-10R is working well.

“Congratulations to Loris on his win and after the summer break we will move on and see what we can do at some circuits we should do well at.”



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samh

August 04, 2013 8:15 PM

There's a balance between risking too much and not risking enough. I think it was the latter today. He clearly had the pace to take it to every rider out there this weekend, he proved this by setting the fastest ever time on a superbike on saturday. You don't become world champion by taking it easy.

DennisKwok

August 04, 2013 10:00 PM

Seeing as Tom lost the title by half a point last year, I hope he doesn't come to regret his cautious approach today. Personally, I thought it was very dissappointing to see him not challenging at the front when things got slippy. It was his bloody home round for crying out loud and a lot people would have paid to see him take a win or at least battle for a podium, intead of tootling around for minor points. Others may disagree, but I'd rather see Tom bin it fighting for the win rather than pussying around. Guintoli was racing injured, but he still laid it on the line, as that's what racers do! I lost some of my respect for Tom today.



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